I've only done a few fondant cakes, and saw all the lovely pictures of matching fondant for the base too. I tried it, but I failed miserabley...how do you secure it? Fold it under? Put icing on the board? There is probably an obvious answer for this ... but I couldn't figure it out.
Thanks in advance!!
just use a little water to stick the fondant to the board, bring the fondant to the edge of the board and cut flush, then glue a ribbon on the edge to hide it.
What I do is roll out the fondant to pretty much the size you need. I then place it on top of the board and roll again when it's on the board. Then take a knife and trim around the edge to cut away the excess. I never usually stick it with anything and have never had a problem with it coming off but if you're concerned, you could always put a small dab of buttercream. I tend to try and do the board a day or so before the cake is to be iced so that it dries - otherwise it gets very gooey and sticky underneath the cake. I hope that help.
Oh bekahzzz sorry to hear you had problems covering your board.
I always dampen my board with either sugar syrup or clear alcohol and then whilst the board is slightly damp - get the fondant on quick smart.
Just roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick - and i tuck it under a good 1/2 inch under the board.
Think i answered a question like this 2 weeks ago - where i said i always stick little clear plastic self sticking feet on the underside of my board.
I buy them from my local hardware store.
That way the underneath dries and is easier to pickup...as you can get your fingers under the edges.
Sometimes. when i have the covered on the board i might stamp it with an empression mat so as to give it a patten - just a thought.
So dampen your board - roll out fondant - place the fonant on - and just smooth over and outwards to the four sides (if it is a sqare board).
Or just smooth around and around in a circular motion to the edge if it is a round board.
Hope this helps you.
OK...so you can fold under it you put the feet on it? I had just cut it to the very bottom of the cake drum I used and it slid around?? will the water help that too?
I cover the cake with fondant first. Then cut a strip of fondant and damp the board with water/clear alcohol and cover it with the strip of fondant. This will help you to understand the method,
THis method is called the bandage method.
I never cover the sides of the board with fondant. Always do it with ribbon. To stick the ribbon, use double sided sticky tape.
OK...so you can fold under it you put the feet on it?
Yes, that is what i do - that way the fondant *under* the board is not sitting directly onto a suface - instead on little feet thus air can move underneath which lets it dry - and also because the board is raised up a tad you can get your fingers just under the board which makes for easier lifting.
I had just cut it to the very bottom of the cake drum I used and it slid around?? will the water help that too?
Yes - but not alot of water - as you don't want it getting all gooey.
By cutting it to the bottom of your drum - that is fine - at least the fondant won't stick to the bench or table.
We come from different parts of the globe and what i do here in Aistralia may seem foreign to someone in another country - but i just thought i would explain *my* way of doing it -
I hope i haven't confused you even mnore -
The little stick on feet i use look very similar to the little clear plastic things you would stick on a wall to stop a door banging and gashing into a wall - I just peel off a little backing and press them straight onto my board.
They are about 1/4 inch x 1/4 inch square.
Thus giving me enough room to just get my finger tips underneath the board - so as not to mark or dint the covered board.
When using a small board I put them about 1/2 inch in from the edges - and one in the middle and when using a large board i put 3 down every side and 2 spaced evenly towards the middle.
For me it only adds about another AUS$1.20 to the whole creation so its not like it is a great expense...but looks effective and stops boards with fondant getting marked.
Does that make sense?
Oh dear - i hope so -
I use a small amount of piping get to stick the fondant to the cake board it works really well.
I use a spray bottle and lightly mist it. Fot the sides I use a paint brush and dampen the sides and fold the fondant over the edge. I also cut strips of foamboard and put underneath to lift it a bit so lifting it is easier.
I love the idea of the feet under the cake board. I covered my first board yesterday and it turned out great.
I glue a smaller cake board underneath the larger one which gives it a platform to sit on making it easier to get fingers/hands underneath.
I am now confused about putting fondant on a cake board, which would be the best way, rolling straight over the board or placing around the cake on the board? Opininions anyone?